FY 2019 ICD-10 Code Updates FAQ

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Q:

When will CMS post updates to the ICD-10-PCS and ICD-10-CM Codes for FY 2019?



A:

CMS announced the release of the FY 2019 ICD-10-PCS procedure codes updates in their May 24, 2018 MLN Connects weekly eNewsletter. CMS has posted the following downloads on the 2019 ICD-10 PCS webpage:

The 2019 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting opens with the following key points about the Guidelines:

  • The guidelines are a set of rules that have been developed to accompany and complement the official conventions and instructions provided with the ICD-10-PCS itself.
  • Instructions and conventions of the classification take precedence over guidelines.
  • These guidelines have been developed to assist both the healthcare provider and the coder in identifying those procedures that are to be reported. The importance of consistent, complete documentation in the medical record cannot be overemphasized. Without such documentation accurate coding cannot be achieved.

Code Changes by the Numbers:

The FY 2019 ICD-10-PCS procedure codes updates includes:  

  • 392 New Codes
  • 8 revised Titles
  • 216 Deleted Codes
  • 78,881 Total Codes for FY 2019.
CMS noted in the eNewsletter that the FY 2019 ICD-10-CM diagnosis code updates will be posted in June.

Article by Beth Cobb

Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Services at Medical Management Plus, Inc.  Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system.

In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Risk Assessment (CRA) Tool. You may contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice.  Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.

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